1/12/23: Gerard Gallant said of Leschyshyn (NYR):
- “Character kid, works hard, competitive. He did real well in the minors last year, good numbers. He’s a role player that kills penalties and works hard and plays that defensive game.”
- Is the plan to play Leschyshyn, “yea, for sure, that is the plan. We’ll see where it goes. He plays wing, plays center and he’s a young kid, 23-years old. Competitive kid, plays that role.”
1/11/23 : The Rangers have claimed 23-year old center Jake Leschyshyn from Vegas. (Friedman)
Leschyshyn has two goals and four assists in 63 career NHL games.
He had 14 goals and 13 assists for Vegas’ AHL team last season in 34 games.
Leschyshyn was the 62nd overall pick in 2017, shoots left and is listed at 5-11, 195lbs.
He is averaging 9:36 per game this season in 22 games for Vegas. He has 8 blocked shots, 38 hits and is 51.7% on faceoffs.
Leschyshyn is in the first year of a three-year deal he signed with Vegas that has a cap hit of $766,667.
His father Curtis played 1,033 career games in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado.
Adam Rotter: I guess this is a depth move and adds a relatively young and cost controlled center to the organization. He’d have to clear waivers to go down to Hartford and I’m guessing the Rangers didn’t claim him to risk losing him, so I’d think he’ll stick with them for at least the time being.